2 Samuel 22:21-22 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
YOU SAID YOU FORGAVE ME! Boy did those words cut like a knife. I remember hearing them from a person I was having a heated discussing with. I felt they were in the wrong and was simply trying to prove my point. To do so, I brought up a time in their past when they’d done something very similar. Back then, they had said they were sorry, and I said, “I FORGIVE YOU.” However, here I was bringing it up again just to prove a point, and they called me on it. Did I really forgive them or were those just words. Was I holding onto some memory like a weapon just waiting to unleash it on them the next time they messed up. I learned two things that day. If you say you forgive someone, really forgive them. Also, don’t use those words unless you mean them. Words, especially your own, can really be hurtful.
In David’s song to the Lord he says in 2 Samuel 22:21-22 “The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.” How could David say that? He had sinned! Some of his big ones are written in scripture for everyone to read about. I think maybe David’s peace of heart came from the fact that he actually believed God when God said he was forgiven. How freeing to know that God means it when he says; “I FORGIVE YOU.”
Do we believe God’s word? In Hebrews 10:17 it says; “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” If we really ask for forgiveness and mean it, I believe God really offers that forgiveness, and I know He means it.
Is there a past sin Satan torments you with?
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